WEST HARTFORD, Conn. - Sherry Jordan had a game-high 21 points and 12 rebounds to lead seventh-seeded Stony Brook University past No. 6 New Hampshire, 65-54 Friday night in the semifinals of the America East Championships at Chase Family Arena.
Erika Shipley added 20 for the Seawolves (16-13), who move on to the championship game tomorrow afternoon against fifth-seeded Hartford. The host Hawks knocked off No. 1 Vermont, 60-59 in the first semifinal. Sophomore center Maren Matthias (Guilford, Conn.) had 20 points and 10 rebounds for UNH, which closes the season at 16-13.
Wildcat senior guard Heidi Plencner (Hampton, N.H.) hit two free throws with 50 seconds left that gave her 1,000 points in her career. Plencner, who leaves as UNH's all-time 3-point field goal leader with 179 treys, became just the 10th player in school history to score 1,000 points.
Shipley's three-pointer with 10:40 left in the first half sparked a 16-4 run that turned a two-point deficit into a 32-21 lead for the Seawloves with 3:21 to go in the half. Two jumpers by Taylore Jarvis (Nazareth, Pa.) helped the Wildcats trim the deficit to eight, 36-28 at the break and a three-pointer by point guard Colleen Mullen (Chelmsford, Mass.) pulled UNH within six, 40-34 early in the second half. But the Wildcats went cold from the field, and didn't score again until two free throws by Matthias with 11:56 to play. UNH, which tied a school record for three-pointers in a game during its victory over Binghamton in the quarterfinals, finished just 3 of 21 from beyond the arc, including 0 for 11 in the first half.
Senior forward Aubrey Danen (Oconomowoc, Wis) had 12 points and eight rebounds for UNH while freshman Lindsay Adams (Theresa, N.Y.) added six points and eight boards.